Increasing global connectivity and economic value through Canada’s international airports
The Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC), a coalition of Canada’s eight largest urban regional chambers of commerce, is calling for airport policy reform to align Canada with global best practices, and for our international airports to be factored into transit infrastructure planning by all levels of government.
Economic performance is increasingly tied to global relevance. Airports, and the communities they serve at home and abroad, are prime economic engines that require supportive policies and robust government services. They create vital access to high growth markets and facilitate significant economic benefits for tourism, trade, and overall business productivity.
“Canada’s international airports play a pivotal role in supporting our economy by facilitating the movement of people, goods, services and ideas,” said Adam Legge, President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Canadian Global Cities Council. “While our airports drive a collective $59-billion in economic activity, our current state hinders our economic potential, and affects Canada’s profile and ability to remain relevant in the eyes of foreign investors, international business travellers and tourists.”
The CGCC has identified five recommendations for Canada’s airports policy across three categories:
- Airport Screening
- Adopt an internationally competitive service standard
- Implement a targeted screening approach
- Border Entry & Visa
- Foster the development of global air transit hubs
- Strategically align immigration and border facilitation for target tourism, investment and education priority markets
- Airport Transit Connectivity
- Develop airport transit and multi-modal hubs (where volumes warrant)